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12 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , |3 Comments


hound of the sea book coverPlease join Garrett McNamara, author of Hound of the Sea, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Hound of the Sea by Garrett McNamara is a memoir that delves into the hypnotic draw of big wave surfing. This book, however, is also a look back to an unconventional childhood. McNamara was born at the tail end of the flower power era with parents who embraced the concepts of peace, love, sex, drugs, and communal experimentation. Throughout his memoir, McNamara dips into his past sharing vignettes of memories. Using his own recollections as well as stories he heard from others, McNamara creates a picture of a boy with an unconventional childhood growing into a man with an exceptional occupation.

11 12, 2015

Review: The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor

By | December 11th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments


the insider threat book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Insider Threat is the eighth book in the Pike Logan series. Fortunately, this is one of those thriller series that you don’t need to read in order. Pike is co-owner of Grolier Recovery Services, ostensibly a company that tries to protect historical sites. But it is also a clandestine service with the purpose of neutralizing terrorists while providing the U.S. government with full deniability.

This time Pike and the crew are working against ISIS supporters and are trying to prevent some professional oil people from getting imported from Nigeria to help run the oil fields to increase revenue.  Some Saudi prince is helping facilitate the deal but since he is a member of the royal family, all Pike’s group can do is gather proof against him to hand over to the Saudi government who

18 11, 2015

Review: Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


living with a seal book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Self-made entrepreneur Jesse Itzler lives a comfortable lifestyle with his wife, Sara. Between the two of them, they run two successful businesses: Marquis Jet and Spanx. Jesse also has an interest in fitness and has competed in marathons. After deciding on the next marathon he wanted to run, he dragged his wife out to the race with him. One of the competitors, a solidly built African-American male, caught Jesse’s eye. He tracked down the man’s name and called him up, inviting him to live with his family and train Jesse for an entire month.

The man, known only as SEAL in Jesse’s memoir, Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, promptly moved in and began a rigorous training with Jesse, pushing his body and mind as

10 07, 2015

Review: DudeFood by Dan Churchill

By | July 10th, 2015|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For Men, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: |5 Comments


dudefood book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

I’ll admit that I am not a member of the target audience for Dan Churchill’s DudeFood: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food. Being a creature of habit, I tend to make the same thing over and over (and over) again; I just never feel I have the time to find something new, do the shopping, then actually cook it. I picked up DudeFood because the recipes looked appetizing, the ingredients were common (I didn’t have to find a specialty store for something I’ve never heard of), most of the recipes come with a beautiful full color picture of what the final dish should look like, and very impressively, Churchill has selected ingredients that place a variety of color onto the plate.

Churchill’s rhetoric is humorous. Most recipe books break down the food by main dish,

16 12, 2013

Review: The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Political, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


nicksoutter_thewaterthief_front_finalReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Water Thief is a dystopian novel in the vein of 1984. Instead of a communist government that went totalitarian, there is no government at all. Everything is a part of the free market. Everything. Pure Capitalism. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; the only thing that matters is making more money. Like 1984 it is a depressing look at an extreme of human ingenuity.

Charles Thatcher is a private citizen. Which does not mean what one today would expect. It means that he is privately owned by a corporation. Many would consider that a good thing, especially when it is one as big and as important as the Ackerman Brothers. Plenty of room for advancement. Everything is for sale, including people. You can sell your own futures to whoever you want and those futures can be traded on

14 12, 2013

Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

By | December 14th, 2013|Categories: Action & Adventure, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


Inferno-coverReviewed by Sara Drake

Robert Landon (hero of The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol) returns for another adventure. He wakes in a hospital with no memory of why he is in Italy or what day it is – then someone comes to kill him. Racing through Italy, Robert attempts to solve the mystery of his lost memories, avoid those trying to find him, and save humanity. Of course, he has help. The beautiful and mysterious Dr. Brooks.

Dan Brown offers another book with all his trade mark charm. Like most Dan Brown books, you will either enjoy this fast paced adventure or you will hate it. In Inferno, Dan Brown shifts his focus to overpopulation while chasing the symbology found in art and Dante’s Divine Comedy. The insights into Divine Comedy were absolutely fascinating

10 12, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Innocent Blood by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

By | December 10th, 2013|Categories: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, For Men, Genre Fiction, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , , |18 Comments


9780061991066_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Be sure to enter the giveaway below! Five winners will receive a copy of The Blood Gospel, the first book in the series, and a grand prize winner will receive both The Blood Gospel and Innocent Blood!

In Innocent Blood, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, not everything is as it seems. Erin is a curious and brilliant archaeologist determined to delve into the words of the Blood Gospel, thought to have been written by Christ himself. After a horrible attack in California, Erin is driven back to the order of the Sanguines – an order founded on Christ’s blood – where she must find the missing link that holds the key to this darkness. The only problem is that she is not alone in this pursuit. Another, more sinister man is also in pursuit of this object for his own

20 09, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Returned by Jason Mott

By | September 20th, 2013|Categories: Contemporary, For Men, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mysteries/Thrillers|Tags: , , |20 Comments


The-Returned-by-Harlequin-author-Jason-Mott-TV-SeriesPlease join Jason Mott, author of The Returned, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada!

Reviewed by Colleen Turner

A sad yet universal truth seems to be that, as humans age and interact and grow, they inevitably face the sadness and loneliness of losing someone they love. We lose friends, parents, spouses, children, sometimes under devastating circumstances and nearly always before we are ready to let go. Many of these losses leave us completely bereft or riddled with guilt of one kind or another. But what if we were able to see those loved ones again, given the chance to make different choices or simply appreciate them in a way we didn’t the first time around? Would we be able to finally find the closure denied us in

5 01, 2013

Review: Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

By | January 5th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Entertainment, For Men, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Hobbies & Home, Humor, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments


rin-tin-tin-paper-medReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Rin Tin Tin, by Susan Orlean is a surprisingly complex, as well as a highly entertaining read.

When I first picked up the 317 paged Rin Tin Tin I wondered, “How can an author possibly write that many pages about just one dog?” I was doubting my book choice and wondering how interesting it could possibly be to read about the lineage of a dog, no matter how famous he may be. However, Orlean has displayed “Rinty’s” life as having been so fully woven into the fabric of American culture that her telling of Rin Tin Tin stands out as both entertaining and historically and culturally educational. No, not the classroom, fact listing, ho-hum sort of “educational,” but the sort of education that takes you on a ride, exploring and relating many areas of life while staying anchored

12 10, 2011

Review: Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica

By | October 12th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Entertainment, For Men, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Social Sciences|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments


Reviewed by Jill Elizabeth

Don’t you love it when you learn something and are vastly entertained at the same time? I certainly do, and Steve Dublanica’s latest – Keep the Change – is my new favorite exemplar of this. The book, a follow-up to his 2008 hit Waiter Rant, is a fascinating exploration of the service industry and tipping. Read it – you’ll love it and I guarantee you will never look at a waiter, taxi driver, valet, or any other service worker the same way again

The book opens with a trip to Vegas to learn about stripper tipping – and it only gets better from there. And just to cover this right up front, he does it in an entirely non- skeevy way, even though much of the tipping does border on – if not downright enter